Assistant Editor Richard E. Gill died Feb. 26, 2012 from pneumonia following an extended battle with cancer.
A trooper to the end, Gill continued contributing to The National Psychologist even in his final weeks, pursuing information by telephone when failing health confined him to his home.
Marty Saeman, managing editor said, “Dick was an integral part of our editorial team. He was always thinking and suggesting story ideas, angles and had a way of focusing on the unique side of psychology. His wit, humor and infectious smile will be missed especially during editorial staff meetings”. Gill had been a valued member of the staff since 2005.
He was an experienced newspaperman, having worked more than 20 years at The Columbus Dispatch covering many areas of news in Ohio’s capital city including the police beat and a stint as editor of the religion pages.
At The National Psychologist Gill, an ex-Marine, followed closely the lack of sufficient care for returning war veterans, many of whom suffer from traumatic brain injuries and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.
He was particularly impressed when psychologists volunteered their time for veterans, such as in “Give an Hour” program. He was equally touched by other pro bono activities of psychologists, such as working with survivors after natural disasters A graduate of the Ohio State University School of Journalism, Gill was an avid fan of the Buckeyes, particularly the football team, and loved to play golf, often on his alma mater’s Scarlet and Gray courses in Columbus, where he also worked part time during retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda, five children, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was 75.